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To be used by Health teachers, counselors, or Behavior Strategists teaching older students about DATING. This handout defines the different areas and guidelines that exist when a dating experience is healthy and positive. Students are provided with a checklist of characteristics to look for in a person that they are considering dating. Ask students to complete the checklist throughout their dating relationships to make sure the person they are dating has the types of qualities they should be looking for. For example, Do they have a track record of cheating? Do they engage in physical or verbal abuse - with you and/or others? Do they have goals for the future and plans to get themselves there?
The checklist is for MATURE students only, and it is not quite an assignment, but rather a resource given to students to use outside of class in their personal lives. The definitions of healthy, positive dating experiences could also be used as class notes.
As an extension activity, have students create their own checklists of thing they are looking for in a partner...10 Things I Want in a Man/Woman for example. There is a great opportunity for debate when deciding what is truly important in a relationship; what do you want versus what do you need?